Then also, you know, having a Dharma instructor is very important, not necessarily a Guru. Having a Dharma instructor is very important.
དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་ “gewé shé nyen” [geshe] [spiritual friend] the one that you can receive the teachings from. The Guru is more to do with your own state of mind afterwards. As you gradually practice, and then how you perceive your instructor becomes more profound, more vast. And then it becomes a Guru, the one that you have endless gratitude. That is a realization state of mind; it’s not a really a method of practice. So in the beginning, keep it very simple. You know, in the beginning, practice whatever you can, simple or medium, just maintaining that is very important in the beginning.
As you gradually practice, then, as the attachment reduces itself, to oneself and to external, and then the purity of the master or the Guru can be seen by itself over the time.
So when you have that sort of state of mind progressively, it is not overnight, that sort of an appreciation, that sort of a gratitude, that sort of a purity mindset will strengthen over the time. Just as that strengthens over the time, your compassionate attitude, compassionate mindset will also strengthen all by itself, naturally. So anybody who says that “I have a very devoted to my Guru, but not really compassionate” that means they really don’t have a devotion at all. You understand? So it is not like one is working, one is, and the another one doesn’t work. When one side works, then the other side works by itself. Because སྙིང་རྗེ། “nying jé” [universal compassion] and དད་པ་ “dé pa” [faith] མོས་གུས་ “mögü” [devotion], one thing is very common, less illusion of oneself, the more purity of absolute reality.
Like an example, the self-attachment is not something that “what material that you’re attached to”, you know? You can throw away the object that you’re attached to, but the attachment still exists, you know? So blaming to the object really doesn’t help all the time. Blaming to the person doesn’t help all the time, you know? So the attachment is more to do with your own state of mind rather than the object around you, you know? Of course it does influence in some level, object that you have and attachment and so on. But you have to understand that attachment is much more than just the attachment to the object. Attachment can go very subtle as well. So, so that’s something you have to keep in mind. It doesn’t dissolve just because you acknowledge, it doesn’t disappear just because you see it, you know? just because you feel very quiet when you are doing a practice. It doesn’t mean the attachment has gone away, I mean, temporarily, maybe at that time, but over the time again it comes back again. So that’s that. So therefore our mental attitude towards the practice is a long-term progressive attitude, it’s very important, rather than quick result.
So therefore, the mental attitude of a long and progressive stage of practice is far more important than a quick result. So that’s that.
So, because if you can deal with the attachment and then pretty much other things we can dissolve over the time, slowly, step by step, you know? So therefore, it is very important to recognizing or acknowledging something very small, symptoms of your attachment, not necessarily something really vast and overwhelming, you know? You remove it bit by bit, you know, the very reality of the attachment.
Torma Offering to the Dakinis of the Five Classes Just for Regular Practice
Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche
Paldenshangpa La Boulaye France
DAY 1 – June 27, 2022 – Morning session 31′ 05”
To be continued …